Table

zone
Province
New Brunswick
Context: Social and economic factors
Sense of community belonging, somewhat strong or very strong % | 2020
72.0
71.3 - 72.8
Provides long-term care for someone % | 2020
9.1
8.6 - 9.5
Has internet access at home % | 2020
96.9
96.6 - 97.2
Health literacy
Understanding medical information
Written information about condition/prescription is hard to understand, always or usually % | 2020
12.3
11.7 - 12.8
Medical and dental insurance
No dental insurance % | 2020
29.9
29.2 - 30.7
No insurance for eye glasses or contact lenses % | 2020
26.6
25.9 - 27.4
No insurance for prescription medications % | 2020
15.6
15.0 - 16.2
Social isolation and loneliness
Lonely (based on loneliness score) % | 2020
20.8
20.1 - 21.5
Lacks companionship, some of the time or often % | 2020
36.6
35.8 - 37.4
Feels left out, some of the time or often % | 2020
31.2
30.4 - 32.0
Feels isolated, some of the time or often % | 2020
31.2
30.4 - 32.0
Contributors to feelings of stress in the last 12 months
Time pressures or not having enough time % | 2020
38.6
37.8 - 39.4
Physical health problem or condition % | 2020
27.5
26.8 - 28.3
Emotional or mental health problem or condition % | 2020
23.2
22.5 - 24.0
Financial situation % | 2020
32.3
31.5 - 33.1
Work situation % | 2020
30.2
29.4 - 31.0
School, college or university % | 2020
7.7
7.3 - 8.2
Employment status % | 2020
12.9
12.3 - 13.5
Caring for their own children % | 2020
20.0
19.3 - 20.7
Caring for others (parents, family or friends) % | 2020
26.3
25.6 - 27.1
Other personal or family responsibilities % | 2020
24.5
23.7 - 25.2
Personal relationships % | 2020
20.4
19.7 - 21.1
Discrimination % | 2020
4.6
4.3 - 5.0
Personal safety or family’s safety % | 2020
12.0
11.5 - 12.6
Health of family members % | 2020
40.2
39.4 - 41.1
Health status
Quality of life
Life satisfaction, satisfied or very satisfied % | 2020
90.8
90.3 - 91.2
Perceived health, very good or excellent % | 2020
39.5
38.7 - 40.4
Perceived mental health, very good or excellent % | 2020
49.8
48.9 - 50.6
Self-reported height and weight
Obesity % | 2020
34.1
33.3 - 34.9
Prevalence of chronic health conditions
Among list of chronic conditions: arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, emphysema or COPD, cancer, diabetes, depression, mood disorder other than depression, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, gastric reflux
One or more chronic health conditions % | 2020
64.7
63.9 - 65.5
Three or more chronic health conditions % | 2020
23.1
22.4 - 23.8
Types of chronic health conditions (physical health)
Arthritis % | 2020
19.2
18.5 - 19.8
Asthma % | 2020
11.8
11.2 - 12.3
Chronic pain % | 2020
17.6
16.9 - 18.2
Emphysema/COPD % | 2020
3.5
3.2 - 3.8
Cancer % | 2020
8.8
8.3 - 9.3
Diabetes % | 2020
12.0
11.5 - 12.6
Heart disease % | 2020
9.6
9.1 - 10.1
Stroke % | 2020
2.5
2.2 - 2.7
Hypertension % | 2020
29.8
29.0 - 30.5
Gastric reflux % | 2020
16.6
15.9 - 17.2
High cholesterol % | 2020
20.7
20.0 - 21.4
Types of chronic health conditions (mental health)
Depression % | 2020
17.3
16.7 - 17.9
Anxiety % | 2020
19.2
18.6 - 19.9
Mood disorder (other than depression) % | 2020
3.2
2.9 - 3.5
Types of chronic health conditions (memory)
Someone in household has memory problem % | 2020
10.4
9.9 - 10.9
... Memory problem interferes with day-to-day function % | 2020
4.1
3.7 - 4.4
Management of chronic health conditions
Confidence in managing their health condition, very confident % | 2020
41.4
40.5 - 42.4
Knows how to try to prevent further problems with health condition, strongly agree % | 2020
35.6
34.7 - 36.5
Injury in the last 12 months
Has been injured and had to be treated % | 2020
16.3
15.7 - 16.9
Disability
Limited in activities because of a physical or mental condition or a health problem, sometimes or often % | 2020
25.1
24.4 - 25.8
Developmental disability % | 2020
4.0
3.4 - 4.7
Dexterity disability % | 2020
24.5
23.1 - 25.9
Flexibility disability % | 2020
54.1
52.5 - 55.7
Hearing disability % | 2020
18.4
17.2 - 19.6
Learning disability % | 2020
18.0
16.7 - 19.2
Memory disability % | 2020
25.9
24.5 - 27.3
Mental health-related disability % | 2020
30.4
29.0 - 31.9
Mobility disability % | 2020
56.5
54.9 - 58.1
Pain-related disability % | 2020
72.4
70.9 - 73.8
Seeing disability % | 2020
19.3
18.0 - 20.5
Chronic health condition % | 2020
78.5
77.2 - 79.9
Health promotion and prevention
Talks to health professional about improving health and preventing illness, always or usually % | 2020
26.3
25.6 - 27.1
Flu shot in the last 12 months
Adults % | 2020
46.5
45.6 - 47.3
Seniors % | 2020
66.5
65.3 - 67.8
Screening in the last 12 months
For citizens with diabetes, heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure
Had measurement for blood pressure % | 2020
88.3
87.5 - 89.1
Had test for blood sugar % | 2020
69.8
68.6 - 71.0
Had measurement for body weight % | 2020
53.4
52.2 - 54.7
Had test for cholesterol % | 2020
69.5
68.3 - 70.7
Health behaviours
Habits and beliefs
Believes their health largely depends on how well they take care of themselves, strongly agrees % | 2020
59.1
58.3 - 60.0
Exercises at least 2.5 hours per week % | 2020
49.9
49.1 - 50.8
Eats 5 or more servings of fruit or vegetables per day % | 2020
41.9
41.0 - 42.7
Usually sleeps for 7 hours or more each night % | 2020
59.1
58.2 - 59.9
Use of tobacco
Daily smoker % | 2020
12.1
11.6 - 12.7
Daily or occasional smoker % | 2020
17.5
16.9 - 18.2
Use of cannabis
In the last 12 months % | 2020
24.4
23.7 - 25.1
...For non-medical purposes % | 2020
49.3
47.2 - 51.3
...For medical purposes % | 2020
23.5
21.7 - 25.2
...For both medical and non-medical purposes % | 2020
30.1
28.2 - 31.9
In the last 12 months, daily % | 2020
7.6
7.1 - 8.0
Use of alcohol in the last 12 months
Heavy drinking % | 2020
26.9
26.1 - 27.6
Heavy drinking (men) % | 2020
31.4
30.1 - 32.8
Heavy drinking (women) % | 2020
20.0
19.2 - 20.9
Medication
Takes 6 or more different prescription medications on a regular basis % | 2020
11.4
10.9 - 12.0
Has a chronic health condition and takes 6 or more prescription medications on a regular basis % | 2020
17.6
16.8 - 18.4
…. Knows what their prescribed medications do, strongly agrees % | 2020
49.6
48.6 - 50.7
n/a = Not applicable / not available
S = Data was suppressed due to low respondent counts

About this Table

Content and description

Data on self-reported information regarding New Brunswickers’ demographic context, determinants of health and health status. Topics include: age, sex, gender, immigration status, education and health literacy, economic and social factors, as well as self-reported health status, prevention efforts, health behaviours and use of medication.

 

Why it is important

By better understanding the determinants of health and the health of New Brunswickers, we can better assess the needs of the population, better plan for health services and allocate resources accordingly.

 

Availability of the data

The information for this data table is available at different geographical levels as well as by demographic groups. More information is available on our Primary Health Survey page.

Note about 2020 data

The 2020 edition of the Primary Health Survey (PHS) was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic did not influence the survey’s response rate, the NBHC had to assess the impact of surveying during the pandemic. Accordingly, advanced statistical analyses were performed to allow for comparison between the results obtained in 2020 and those obtained in previous PHS cycles. Some indicators had to be suppressed in the 2020 edition as part of this process. Despite these analyses, users are advised to use the 2020 data with caution, especially when creating estimates for small sub-populations or when comparing it to other PHS editions.